What’s in your suitcase (apart from OT )?

Prepping for a holiday can be stressful, but the benefits of getting away are worth it


Holiday packing: it’s a love/hate thing, right? OK, I clearly have no grounds to moan. I am going away, after all. But the stress levels can be tricky to manage in the process of manipulating that extra pair of shorts into an already bulging hold-all.

This year, I have decided to ditch the airport experience and opt for an old-fashioned road trip. This means I am no longer constantly weighing my luggage to make sure I don’t exceed 15kg.

Go online, and almost every newspaper and travel journal offers its own take on top tips for holiday packing. Guardian columnist Jess Cartner-Morley’s ‘rule eight’ advises us to ignore packing rules. “Other people’s rules make no sense,” she says, adding: “Make your own.”

While I have a whole car boot to fill, I am struck that working within tough confines can ultimately feel easier and inspire a level of innovation.

In OT’s August edition, landing next week, we see this kind of innovation in action as we talk to ophthalmologists Hemal Mehta and Sally Ameen about the rise of glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration cases, and the latest treatment options designed to address this challenge.

Taking time out of work – be it a day or a fortnight – has recognised health and wellbeing benefits, but finding the time to take your annual leave can be hard.

According to the Office for National Statistics 2018 data, 3.3 million UK employees work more than 48 hours a week, a rise of a quarter of a million since 2001. According to a 2018 survey from job and recruiting site Glassdoor, two in five UK employees polled reported taking a maximum of just half their annual leave entitlement during the last holiday year, with the average employee taking just 62% of their allowance.

Taking annual leave is important for our health and wellbeing, and smart employers know that workers who take holidays are going to be more productive and perform better while at work. It is a topic OT will be returning to in its December edition, looking at all things people management related.

In OT’s monthly interview with a CET author, I am always intrigued to find out where they are planning to go on their next adventure. In 2019, we have had everything from Sydney to Margate.

What destination is next on your list? I will, of course, be taking my copy of OT with me for the obligatory #OTOnTheGo post on my road trip. We love to find out where readers take their copy – so please do share your snaps on Instagram.

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